Dental implants are the perfect remedy for missing teeth. Regaining your smile and confidence are just a couple of visits away!
When your smile doesn’t look its best due to missing teeth, dental implants are a long lasting and effective solution to replace them. Not only do they look like real teeth, they feel like natural teeth, and are just as easy to care for. Those with dental implants, brush, floss, and rinse just the same as individuals without them. No need to remove them to clean, or worry about food getting stuck beneath them like people with dentures. With an implant that acts the same way as your natural root does and a replacement tooth that is indiscernible from your existing teeth, it is truly the best solution for natural looking and comfortable tooth replacement.
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Dental implant posts serve the same purpose that a natural tooth root serves. Implanted into the jaw, it holds a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The implant is made of titanium and is typically put into the jawbone, making it strong, long lasting and natural feeling. Implants vary between styles – blade, cylinder, or screws, depending on each individual. Over time, an implant fuses with the bone and serves as an anchor for a prosthetic tooth or in some cases prosthetic teeth.
A prosthetic tooth is designed to match your natural teeth, in size and color. They are typically made of porcelain or acrylic that looks just the same as the enamel on your natural teeth. It can be either a crown or bridge, depending on the case. They are attached to the implant and are nearly as strong as a natural tooth, but without the worry of decay.
The procedure to receive dental implants is typically an outpatient procedure that takes place over the course of several different visits with your oral care provider or periodontist to prepare the site for implantation. If you still have a damaged tooth where the implant will go, the first step is to remove the tooth. This allows the jawbone to be prepped for the surgery – for some people this involves bone grafting. After the jaw is healed the post is implanted into the jaw.
It can take several weeks or months for the area to heal, and once it is healed, the surgeon is able to place the abutment into the implant post. This is what the tooth will later attach to. Once the jaw is healthy and healed, the dentist forms a mold of the tooth, and jawbone to allow the prosthetic to fit perfectly in place.
There are many benefits of receiving dental implants. While the process may take a long time to place them, it is worth it in their longevity. They are also very simple to care for, with few differences from caring for your natural teeth. One of the biggest benefits for many people is that they are comfortable, and are hardly noticeable compared to your natural teeth. The same can be said about their appearance.
Not only that, depending on the tooth that is replaced, you can experience improved speech, and it can be easier to eat than with removable dentures. They are strong, and don’t typically need replacing. Replacing damaged teeth also helps to keep the surrounding teeth to remain healthy. Best of all, when you’re feeling your best and healthy, you’ll also experience improved self esteem and that is a benefit to your overall wellbeing. The more you smile, the better you feel.
The treatments itself is virtually painless. You may however experience some light discomfort for few days after your treatment. After approximately a week your implant should not feel uncomfortable.
Prosthetic teeth are incredibly easy to care for, and should be treated the same way that you treat natural teeth. Brushing at least twice daily is important for existing natural teeth, fresh breath, and gum health. You can use your regular toothbrush and toothpaste to clean your prosthetic teeth. Flossing should also be done daily to ensure gum health, and can be done the same way you do with your natural teeth. Mouthwash daily will also help to kill bad bacteria and keep natural teeth healthy.
It is important to regularly visit your dentist to make sure not only your implant is wearing correctly, but for the health of natural teeth. Prosthetic teeth are subject to wear and tear just like natural teeth. Your dentist will help you to determine if your implant requires any special cleaning or certain care. Implants are durable, making them a smart decision for those who want a solution similar to natural teeth.
With the proper care and an otherwise healthy mouth, dental implants are a long lasting solution to missing teeth. They are typically rated for 10 to 15 years, but dental implants can last a lifetime for those who have above average oral hygiene. The longevity depends significantly on the location in the mouth that the tooth is placed, and individual lifestyle can also greatly impact how long the implant lasts. Modern dental implant technology makes them functional, durable, and long lasting. If an implant fails, it is typically attributed to existing medical conditions or the misuse of the implant; otherwise it will be a worthy investment.
You will be provided with a set of instructions specific to your treatment. Please follow them closely to ensure the risk of complications is reduced. A brief list of things you can expect includes: getting rest, managing swelling, cleaning your mouth, restricting your diet, keeping an eye on the affected area to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is occurring.
The majority of insurance companies cover most of our treatments. For more detail on your coverage please call your service provider.